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What is Honors Carolina?

Honors Carolina is a remarkable collection of courses, special events, and learning opportunities geared toward the top students at Carolina. It is the University’s way of investing in truly exceptional undergraduate students by providing academic and non-academic challenges and opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom.

What benefits does Honors Carolina provide?

In the Classroom: Honors Carolina students receive priority registration for more than 160 Honors courses each year. These are small classes, taught by award-winning professors who encourage classroom discussion and hands-on research.

Outside the Classroom: Take advantage of opportunities to conduct original research with a faculty mentor; study abroad in cities such as Cape Town, London, Singapore, and Rome; and build personal relationships with professors, fellow scholars, and alumni by participating in special Honors Carolina events.


How do I apply for Honors Carolina?

There is no need to apply. Every student who is accepted for admission to Carolina is automatically considered for Honors Carolina.

How are students chosen?

When students are accepted for admission to Carolina, they are automatically considered for Honors Carolina. No separate application is required. A committee of faculty and academic staff make the final selections, relying on essays and teacher recommendations to provide insight into each student’s intellectual curiosity, passion for learning, and eagerness to embrace challenges.  There is no set formula of class rank and test scores that guarantees an invitation to join Honors Carolina.

How many people are invited to join Honors Carolina?

A select number of exceptional students are invited to join Honors Carolina each year. This year, Honors Carolina expects to enroll 400 incoming students, or about 10 percent of the first-year class.

When are incoming students invited to join Honors Carolina?

Students who are invited to join Honors Carolina will typically receive an invitation within two to three weeks of being admitted to the University. Students who applied for early admission will be notified in late January or early February and other students will be notified in late March or early April.

How do I accept an invitation to join Honors Carolina?

If you have received an Honors Carolina invitation, click here to reply by May 1, 2015.

If I don’t get invited to Honors Carolina as an incoming first-year student, can I apply to join Honors Carolina later?


Does receiving an academic scholarship automatically earn you an invitation to Honors Carolina?

Yes. Students awarded a merit scholarship from UNC will be invited to join Honors Carolina. Close to 40% of each incoming Honors Carolina class receives merit-based funding support.


When is the deadline to accept an invitation to join Honors Carolina?

May 1, 2015. Click here to accept your invitation.

When is the deadline to join the Honors Carolina first-year residential community?

May 1, 2015. Click here for instructions and additional information about Honors Carolina housing options.


Do Honors Carolina students receive scholarships?

While more than half of Honors Carolina students receive merit- or need-based academic scholarships, an invitation to join Honors Carolina does not automatically include a scholarship award.

The Honors Carolina class includes a significant number of Morehead-Cain Scholars, Robertson Scholars, Carolina Scholars, Johnston Scholars, Pogue Scholars, and others.


How many students are typically enrolled in an Honors Carolina class?

On average, Honors Carolina courses enroll 22 students, and many have an even lower number.  The small class size allows for more in-depth discussion and interaction between Honors Carolina students and their professors.

What type of Honors courses are available?

Honors Carolina offers more than 160 courses each year in nearly every discipline in the fine arts and humanities, the natural sciences and mathematics, and the social and behavioral sciences. View a list of current Honors courses.


What is expected of Honors Carolina students?

Honors Carolina students are required to take a minimum of two Honors courses each academic year (most take more) and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.

How do I graduate with honors?

Honors Carolina students who successfully defend a senior Honors thesis within their chosen major will graduate with honors or highest honors.  Since 2008, 69% of Honors Carolina students have graduated with one of those distinctions. All Honors Carolina students in good standing receive a notation on their transcript indicating membership in Honors Carolina, regardless of whether or not they complete a senior thesis.


Is special housing available for Honors Carolina students?

Honors Carolina students are not limited in where they can live. However, students who wish to join the Honors Carolina first-year residential community will room with another first-year Honors Carolina student in Koury Residence Hall—or one of its neighbors—and enjoy access to special programming arranged by Honors Carolina staff, administrators, and the Honors Carolina Student Board.

How do I join the Honors Carolina first-year residential community?

Click here for instructions and additional information. The deadline to select an Honors Carolina housing option is May 1, 2015.